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Trump administration proposes more cuts to FY17 research-funding spending ?>

Trump administration proposes more cuts to FY17 research-funding spending

  Earlier this week, the Trump administration released a proposal to reduce fiscal 2017 spending, and, as we reported on Tuesday, science funding agencies will not escape the belt-tightening. Since then, we’ve gotten our hands on more details, including what the administration has in mind for the National Science Foundation. But, before we get into that, let’s back up. At the end of 2016, Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government until April 28.  Approved by the…

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House panel calls – once again – for greater congressional oversight of research proposals ?>

House panel calls – once again – for greater congressional oversight of research proposals

  The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology earlier this month released its annual filing known as the Views and Estimates.  The committee, which is responsible for oversight of nonmilitary, nonbiomedical federally supported research and which oversees major research-funding agencies (including the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Energy), reiterated its past calls for lawmakers to  play a larger role in the decision-making processes at those agencies. Though the document expresses the committee’s commitment to the…

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ASBMB Statement on President Donald Trump’s FY2018 Budget Proposal ?>

ASBMB Statement on President Donald Trump’s FY2018 Budget Proposal

President Donald Trump released his first budget proposal on Thursday.  Included in that proposal is a $5.8 billion cut in funding for the National Institutes of Health. Benjamin Corb, director of public affairs for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has provided the following statement in response to the proposal: A $6 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health is unacceptable to the scientific community and should be unacceptable to the American public as well.  Trump’s spending…

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What $15 billion could do for the research community ?>

What $15 billion could do for the research community

  As the new administration gets settled and sets its priorities, President Donald Trump and Congress presumably will be assessing how taxpayer dollars can be best utilized. In the coming month, Trump will begin to not only introduce a budget for the upcoming fiscal year but also push for specific initiatives that will require some level of funding to accomplish. The U.S. has a number of issues that require an intense look. Health care and job creation are among those…

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What we’re watching for ?>

What we’re watching for

The 115th Congress has begun its legislative work, and we’re five days into the presidency of Donald Trump.  To say that Washington, D.C., is active in these early days of 2017 is an understatement. The focus of political leaders is not – shockingly – how to handle biomedical research and science policy over the next couple of years.  The spotlight is focused on the future of the Affordable Care Act, who is going to pay for a southern border war,…

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NSF MCB and CHE Program Webinar ?>

NSF MCB and CHE Program Webinar

  Join the ASBMB for our first hour-long federal agency funding opportunity webinar with program directors from the National Science Foundation highlighting opportunities in the Divisions of Molecular and Cellular Biology  and Chemistry. The webinar will be held at 1 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, Feb. 7. NSF provides 24 percent of all federal funding for basic academic research in science and engineering and 68 percent of all federal funding for biological science research (excluding contributions from the National Institutes of Health)….

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ASBMB’s PAAC provides feedback on the National Science Foundation’s strategic plan ?>

ASBMB’s PAAC provides feedback on the National Science Foundation’s strategic plan

Every four years, the National Science Foundation solicits stakeholders for feedback on its strategic plan.  The current strategic plan, published in March 2014, outlines the foundation’s goals and vision for supporting science, engineering and education during fiscal years 2014 through 2018. This policy document gives the community a glimpse into the governing ideals of the foundation and sets the tone for program initiatives across the NSF. In response to the request for feedback, the ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee submitted…

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Continuing resolution: Preventing a government shutdown ?>

Continuing resolution: Preventing a government shutdown

  Congress returned to work last week after its summer recess. In the next month, Congress’ main priority will be to approve funding for the federal government in fiscal 2017. Congress’ inability to pass the 12 separate annual appropriation spending bills has resulted in it needing to approve a temporary spending bill, or continuing resolution, before the Sept. 30 deadline to prevent a government shutdown. A continuing resolution is a short-term way for Congress to continue funding federal agencies without…

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Appropriations update: 2017 sequestration report ?>

Appropriations update: 2017 sequestration report

  Congress reconvened Tuesday and will remain in session for four weeks. We expect that lawmakers will pass a continuing resolution to fund the government at least into December. If, by the off chance, lawmakers do not pass a continuing resolution and instead proceed to resolve their differences to pass an actual appropriations bill, we recommend that they take a close look at the fiscal 2017 OMB Sequestration Update Report. Last month, the Office of Management and Budget released a…

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House appropriators talk National Science Foundation funding ?>

House appropriators talk National Science Foundation funding

Earlier this week, we provided you with a summary of the budget hearing with National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins.  Today, we bring you last week’s hearing featuring National Science Foundation Director France Córdova.  What we learned U.S. House appropriators are struggling with balancing science funding and deficit spending. Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Chairman Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, in his opening remarks voiced support for science agencies but opposition to President Barack Obama’s…

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